Fairies are among the most popular figures in mythology and folklore as stories about them exist in almost every culture around the world. Appearing under many guises from the familiar tiny, winged people to balls of light, fairies are often portrayed as spiteful and mischievous. Though often associated with childhood interests, fairies are celebrated by people of all ages through stories, songs, dances, and festivals. ""Fairies"" explains the folklore and mythology of fairies, but it also presents fairies as real beings who exist in their own realm and have genuine interactions with human beings. Some people believe it is possible to see fairies, and simple techniques for opening up this enchanted realm are described. The book also looks at major fairy hoaxes and frauds and examines the connections between fairies and the UFO phenomenon. The chapters include: The Mysterious Origins of Fairies; Where Fairies Live; Fairy Powers; Bad Fairies; Changeling; and, How to See Fairies.
Rosemary Ellen Guiley is the best-selling author of books on the paranormal, mystical and visionary experiences, and spirituality. She is an honorary life member of the Ghost Club of London and the author of The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft, The Encyclopedia of Magic and Alchemy, and The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Monsters, all from Facts On File and Checkmark Books. She lives in Arnold, MD. Troy Taylor is an author and the founder of the American Ghost Society.